Unholy alliance and a Collection of Useful Idiots
Babette FrancisI have been bewildered for some time by what I regard as an unholy alliance between feminists and Islamists, because if there is any religion or political ideology which is inimical to the equality goals of feminism it is Islam. The absurd claim by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied that Islam is a feminist religion has been sufficiently debunked by The Australian's columnists such as Jennifer Oriel (20/2/ 17) so I don't need to analyse it here, but my query is WHY? Why is it that our left-leaning, feminist-fellow-travelling ABC cannot see the misogyny in Islam and sharia law?
There is a clue in what Brigitte Gabriel wrote recently about the women's march in Washington on 21 January. Brigitte is a Lebanese-born conservative American journalist, author, terrorism analyst, of Maronite Christian origin and founder of two non-profit political organizations, the American Congress For Truth and ACT! for America. She has given hundreds of lectures and frequently speaks at American conservative organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Christians United for Israel, Evangelicals, and Jewish groups. She is the author of "Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America"
On the women's march, Brigitte says that liberal feminists and Islamists don't have a lot in common but they are now strong partners in the fight against President Donald Trump. She warns that feminists are nothing but "useful idiots" in a movement that would truly oppress them if the Islamists achieve their goals: "What’s happening in the West is we think if we just show them how much we love them and how much we respect their way of life, they're going to respect our way of life. This way, I do what I want, you do what we want and we live happily ever after."
The teamwork was on full display at the women's march in Washington on Jan. 21. Most of the headlines focused on women proclaiming their right to abortions, but Linda Sarsour, the woman leading the protest, has a very different history of activism. "She's an Islamist through and through. She wears the hijab. She comes from a Palestinian background. Half her family members are in Israeli jails involved in terrorism," said Brigitte Gabriel. "It's mind-boggling to watch liberal American women march under the banner of a woman who has no problem with how Muslim society treats women. Linda praises Saudi Arabia and their Sharia law. This is a nation state where women cannot drive cars. They are beaten. They are stoned. They are flogged for having relations with another man or even seen with another man who may even be a distant relative".
And it's not just in Saudi Arabia. Brigitte says even the most moderate Islamic nations do not come anywhere close to the freedoms women enjoy in the West. She says her home nation of Lebanon, which has shifted dramatically from Christian to Muslim in recent decades, is suffering from the demographic change.
"I know a 29-year-old Christian businesswoman from my hometown. The social police showed up at her door, took her for investigation and arrested her simply because she had a meeting with another man who is not related to her outside of her home without the supervision of her parents. They are enforcing these rules on Christian families, not only Muslim families.
"I’m not talking about Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh. You assume things like this happen in those types of countries. But to think that even in a country like Lebanon, that something like this can happen to a Christian woman, that goes to show you the oppression of women in Islamic-controlled countries".
So how did Islamic activists win over the feminists as allies? Brigitte Gabriel says Linda Sarsour was very clever. "Somehow, she found a way to appeal to the feminist movement inside the United States saying, 'We're all women together here. We all are oppressed.' She is using emotions to try to lure them into coming with her and standing against President Trump. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and that's where they are right now".
And despite the glaring differences in the goals of the two movements, Brigitte says this alliance will likely continue for some time. "I think it's going to be a very long-term working relationship between both of them because they have a common enemy that they hate much more and that is President Trump. They hate him much more than they hate their differences".
Linda Sarsour is already cashing in on the alliance by getting groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Pro-Choice America and the Human Right Campaign to write big checks in support of the march. "We are already seeing how leftist organizations are not only standing with her and the Islamist movement in the United States to oppose Trump, but they are actually funding her movement. So now we are seeing the left and the Islamists coming together, not only working together but exchanging money. The feminist groups know very little about the long-term goals of Linda Sarsour and her Islamist allies.
"We shouldn't be surprised. What people like Linda Sarsour are doing are basically following to the letter the instructions of the Muslim Brotherhood and their plan, which later became known as 'The Project,' on how to work within Western nations in order to recruit like-minded people who share similar goals."
And it's not just liberal women's groups aligning with Islamists. Brigitte Gabriel says it's happening more and more with the liberals seemingly oblivious to what their lives would be like if people like Linda Sarsour get their way. One example is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) working hand-in-hand with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
"You scratch your head and you think to yourself, 'How can these two people have anything in common?' But the ACLU, just like the feminists in this country are being used as useful idiots at the hands of Islamists like Linda Sarsour who have an end goal. They are using them simply to get to that goal."
Brigitte Gabriel says Western nations are also eroding their own interests by allowing Muslim Sharia law to hold sway in formal court proceedings. Her organization is doing something about it. "We at Act! for America have introduced bills across the country called 'American Laws for American Courts,' which says no foreign law, which includes Sharia law, will be allowed to be used in any American courtroom.
Now it becomes clearer why Yassmin Abdel-Magied is the poster girl for our very own ABC and the useful idiots in our left-leaning media.